August 5, 2011

Touched by an Angel!

by Matt Stevens

Who is that fresh-faced, feathered-hair beauty? As a latchkey kid in the ’70s, raised on a steady diet of TV, I sat up in my beanbag chair every time Farrah Fawcett appeared onscreen. Somehow she made the glow of our Zenith glow even brighter.

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July 21, 2011

An Exclusive Q&A With Farrah's Favorite Photographer

From serving in the U.S. Signal Corps to extensive work in music, television, and film, photographer Bruce McBroom has had an epic career. You may know him best for his iconic photo of Farrah Fawcett, the best-selling poster of all time and the inspiration for the new Farrah Fawcett Doll. Read on for an exclusive Q & A with the man whose shot was bought round the world!

It’s been 35 years since the Farrah poster debuted. How do you feel about its enduring appeal?
I think the enduring appeal of the poster relates to the simpler time it was - no 24-hour TV, Internet, YouTube, TMZ, tabloids, and paparazzi. Farrah was such a sweet all-American girl, and the photo portrayed that while still being a little "sexy." Women and girls liked it as well as men and boys. People still tell me stories about the poster they had, or their boyfriend had, in their dorm room or garage or police station or the back of the office door. Somehow, it stuck in everyone’s memory.

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July 18, 2011

A Picture of Grace

by Matt Stevens

A horror auteur was obsessed with her. A European prince fell in love with her. And millions of fans were captivated by her remarkable film career and fairytale life. We still are.

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June 29, 2011

Recipes for a Perfect Pink Summer Picnic!

by Chris Varaste

If you had to pick a color to represent the summer months, what would it be?

Since we’re talkin’ Barbie® here, naturally it’s got to be pink! That includes Barbie pink as well as all the gorgeous shades that brighten your garden this time of year.

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June 17, 2011

It's a Doll! It's a Film! It's Superheroes!

by Matt Stevens

There’s a faded, black-and-white photo hanging on my wall. It’s me at age three (when I was cute, as my older siblings tease), wearing a tiny Batman cape, mask, and t-shirt. Though I have no memory of this adorable getup (I was cute in it!), my earliest remembrances do include (to my mother’s horror) my hopping on the living room furniture — leaping tall buildings and shooting spider webs from my wrists!

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May 26, 2011

Barbie® Brought It, Russian Style

Wrapping Up the 2011 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection

by Tara Zucker

When I think of Russia, I think of many things - majestic snow-covered landscapes, great works of literature, and a culture rich with tradition. But mostly I think about fabulous hats and boots. And spies. And that is why I'm so drawn to the 2011 Barbie® Fashion Model Collection.

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April 20, 2011

A Kentourage for Ken

By Pat Henry, Editor of Fashion Doll Quarterly

As we continue to celebrate Ken’s birthday as well as his reunion with Barbie in 2011, it is fun to look back at Ken through the years and his many styles of dress. Certainly, his place as Barbie’s consort meant a lot of coordinating looks. “Dreamboat” by itself is just a few pieces of sportswear, but putting Barbie and Ken in the roadster while Babs is in “Open Road” becomes an entire narrative.

Certainly, the matching cheerleader/football player is a classic, as is the costume party pairing of “Pierrot” and “Pierrette”, along with the fantasy driven costumes for the Little Theatre, like “Cinderella” and “The Prince”. But to me, the realistic and well made details of “The Yachtsman” or “Rally Day” reminds me of my own father’s wardrobe. The smell of after shave and soap, along with the classic lines of a striped tee shirt, or a driving cap and a Macintosh raincoat, combine to form a tiny time capsule of early sixties high style, when men (and women) still dressed for work and play with a certain sensibility.

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April 5, 2011

Catching Up With Ken®

By Pat Henry, Editor of Fashion Doll Quarterly

This is the first in a ongoing series of posts on BarbieCollector.com by “celebrity” voices in the doll collecting community! Every so often, you’ll find new articles from special guest bloggers, on topics including history, pop culture, collecting, personal reminiscences, and so much more. They’ll all have something in common, though – undying love for their favorite fashion icon and her ultimate boyfriend. Read on!

When a guy gives a girl pink cupcakes, that's sweet. When a guy appears on billboards in New York and LA asking for back, that's larger than life. All the more impressive considering the guy in question is only 12-inches tall. Personally, I am thrilled that Ken is still around, and that Mattel has cleverly made his half-century mark a newsworthy milestone, buoyed by the latest development in his on-again/off-again relationship with his beloved Barbie.

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March 31, 2011

Celebrate Elizabeth Taylor!

Fans worldwide were saddened by the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Now, fans of the icon are celebrating the life of the legendary actress in a variety of unexpected and fulfilling ways. Barbie collectors were given a special surprise back in 2000, when Elizabeth Taylor consented to three amazing dolls made in her likeness, Father of the Bride, Cleopatra and White Diamonds (named after the actress’s signature fragrance). Thanks to the talented hands of doll artists and fans, Mattel’s superb dolls are capturing her signature looks in many of her greatest films!

Creative collectors remove the dolls from their boxes, then re-wig, redesign and redress them in their own vision. The Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra is a terrific example of a doll with infinite possibilities. First, savvy collectors remove her glittery costume in lieu of something the actress would have worn on her many movie magazine covers. Once Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra has been freed from ancient Egypt, artists cut her stick-straight hair and give her a totally retro brunette bubble cut or pageboy! Many collectors find a perfect fit using the brunette pageboy wig that came with the BFMC Spa Getaway Collection. The dark brown wig is a terrific throwback to the fifties-style haircuts worn by Elizabeth Taylor during that era. You can also achieve the same look with the Father of the Bride or White Diamonds dolls, all it takes is a costume change! Barbie® doll’s vintage wardrobe mirrors the styles of the period with plenty of cinched waists, full-skirts and slinky glamour sheaths for you to choose from.

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